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  •  warships, possible bombing? (3+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0, occupystephanie, Creosote

    not looking so good to me.....

    Guardian:

    Barack Obama discussed the crisis with his top national security advisers on Monday night after earlier telling Congress that up to 275 troops could be sent to Iraq to provide support and security for personnel and the US Embassy in Baghdad.

    While Obama has vowed to keep US forces out of combat in Iraq, he said in his notification to Congress that the personnel moving into the region are equipped for direct fighting.

    Around 170 of those forces have already arrived and another 100 soldiers will be on standby in a nearby country such as Kuwait until they are needed. In addition, officials told Reuters that the White House was considering sending a contingent of special forces to train and advise beleaguered Iraqi troops, many of whom have fled their posts in the face of the insurgency.
    The news of combat troops comes after Secretary of State John Kerry indicated possibly plans for U.S. drones or other airstrikes inside the country.

    In addition, the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush and five other warships were moved into the Persian Gulf over the weekend and more than than 500 Marines and dozens of transport and attack helicopters remain on standby.

    _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

    by allenjo on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 09:16:00 AM PDT

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    •  Our Oregon National Guard unit (3+ / 0-)
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      allenjo, ericlewis0, Creosote

      was called up for Afghanistan. A simple matter to move them over as we did last time.

      Makes me sick to see this unfolding.

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 10:22:24 AM PDT

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      •  in the what could possibly go wrong (2+ / 0-)
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        ericlewis0, occupystephanie

        knowing the history of our country's wars and "operations"

        I am quite sickened by it also.

        And we wait to see if the bombs start to fall, all over again.

        How great it would be to have all National Guard units not needed anywhere in the world!

        _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

        by allenjo on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 10:30:53 AM PDT

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